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Stereotaxis Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

May 11, 2009 | About:

Stereotaxis Inc. (STXS) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2009-03-31.

Stereotaxis designs manufactures and markets an advanced cardiology instrument control system for use in a hospital's interventional surgical suite to enhance the treatment of coronary artery disease and arrhythmias. The Stereotaxis System is designed to allow physicians to navigate catheters guidewires and stent delivery devices through the blood vessels and chambers of the heart to treatment sites. Stereotaxis Inc. has a market cap of $156.83 million; its shares were traded at around $3.73 with and P/S ratio of 3.89.

Highlight of Business Operations:

Revenue. Revenue increased from $7.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 to $11.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, an increase of approximately 58%. Revenue from the sale of systems increased from $4.4 million to $6.9 million, an increase of approximately 57%, because of an increase in the number of NIOBE systems recognized as revenue from four to five and an increase in the average revenue realized per system. In addition, we delivered five ODYSSEY systems during the 2009 period as contrasted with two systems sold in the 2008 period. Revenue from sales of disposable interventional devices, service and accessories increased to $4.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009 from $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008, an increase of approximately 61%. This increase was attributable to the increased base of installed systems, the resulting disposable sales and related royalties as well as favorable pricing on a next generation proprietary disposable. As a percentage of our revenue, gross margin was approximately 69% for the three months ended March 31, 2009 compared to 65% during the same three month period of the prior year.

Cost of Revenue. Cost of revenue increased from $2.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 to $3.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, an increase of approximately 43%. Cost of revenue for systems sold increased from $1.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2008 to $2.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009, an increase of approximately 38% primarily due to the increase in the number of NIOBE and ODYSSEY systems sold in 2009.

Liquidity refers to the liquid financial assets available to fund our business operations and pay for near-term obligations. These liquid financial assets consist of cash and cash equivalents. At March 31, 2009 we had $18.8 million of cash and equivalents. At March 31, 2009, we had working capital of approximately $3.5 million, compared to $23.3 million at December 31, 2008. The decrease in working capital is due principally to the use of cash and utilization of debt to fund our operations, the classification of $10 million of debt as short-term and the reclassification of $4.8 million from equity to current liabilities related to certain warrants issued in our December 2008 financing transaction and the adoption of EITF 07-05 on January 1, 2009.

In December 2008, we amended our Note and Warrant Purchase Agreement with stockholders who are affiliates of two members of our board of directors (Lenders), pursuant to which the Lenders agreed to loan us up to an aggregate of $10 million on an unsecured basis. As amended, the commitment will expire on the earlier of March 31, 2010 or the date we receive at least $20 million of third party, non-bank financing. This facility may also be used by us to guarantee our loan commitments with our primary bank lender, through the same extended term. The Company has elected to use the facility to guarantee such loan commitments. In conjunction with the financing commitment, we issued warrants to purchase 1,582,280 shares of our common stock at an exercise price of $3.16 to the Lenders. The warrants were exercisable immediately upon grant and expire five years from the date of grant.

In March 2009, we entered into an agreement with Silicon Valley Bank, our primary lending bank, to amend the revolving line of credit to change the total availability under the line to $25 million, with up to $10 million available under the line supported by the guarantees described above and to extend the term of the agreement to March 31, 2010. Under the revised facility, we are required to maintain a minimum tangible net worth as defined in the agreement. Interest on the facility accrues at the rate of prime plus 0.5% subject to a floor of 6% for the amount under guarantee and prime plus 1.75% subject to a floor of 7% for the remaining amounts. As of March 31, 2009, we had $13.2 million outstanding under the revolving line of credit with current borrowing capacity of $19.4 million, including amounts already drawn. As such, we had the ability to borrow an additional $6.2 million under the revolving line of credit at March 31, 2009. As of March 31, 2009, we were in compliance with all covenants of the bank loan agreement.

In July 2008, we amended our existing agreements with Biosense Webster, Inc. Pursuant to the amendment, Biosense Webster agreed to advance us $10.0 million against royalty amounts that were owed at the time to us from Biosense Webster the amendment was executed or would be owed in the future. We also agreed that an aggregate of up to $8.0 million of certain agreed upon research and development expenses that were owed at the time the amendment was executed or may be owed in the future by us to Biosense Webster would be deferred and will be due, together with any unrecouped portion of the $10.0 million royalty advance, on the Final Payment Date, as defined in the amendment, but in no event later than December 31, 2011. We have the right to prepay any amounts due pursuant to the amendment at any time without penalty. As of March 31, 2009, approximately $18.0 million had been advanced by Biosense Webster to us pursuant to the amendment. As of March 31, 2009, $3.5 million of royalty amounts earned had been used to reduce the advances and the remaining approximately $15.0 million of amounts owed to Biosense Webster, including accrued interest, has been classified as long term debt on our balance sheet. Commencing on May 15, 2010 we are required to make quarterly payments to Biosense Webster equal to the difference between certain aggregate royalty payments recouped by Biosense Webster from us in such quarter and $1.0 million, until the earlier of (1) the date all funds owed by us to Biosense Webster pursuant to the amendment are fully repaid or (2) the Final Payment Date. Interest on the outstanding and unrecouped amounts of the royalty advance and deferred research and development expenses will accrue at an interest rate of the prime rate plus 0.75%. Outstanding royalty advances and deferred research and development expenses and accrued interest thereon will be recouped by Biosense Webster from time to time by deductions from royalty amounts otherwise payable to the Company.

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